After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) is once again hosting its annual Feast of Tabernacles gathering in Israel, bringing over 2,000 Christians from over 100 countries for the week-long Sukkot holiday.
“Now however, large gatherings here are difficult or not allowed, so we try to celebrate privately at home, building a sukkah on my balcony.
The most popular annual event for Christian visitors to Israel, the ICEJ’s Feast is expected to inject around $18 to $20 million into the local Israeli economy.
A few years ago, two Jewish couples in Israel were discussing the mad rush for trinkets (flags, keychains and more) that are given out by thousands of Christian marchers to parade watchers along the route of the Jerusalem March during Sukkot. Northern Shomron (Samaria) resident Naomi Weiss said to her friends Gabi and Shmuel Tair, “They came all this way to support Israel. We should be giving them stuff!”
As many as 6,000 Christians congregate in Jerusalem for the annual Feast of Tabernacles, the year’s largest display of solidarity with the Jewish state.
With flags from all over the globe waving high, a colorful march of some 80,000 Israelis and foreign friends of Israel descended on the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon for the annual Jerusalem March to celebrate Israel and pray for peace.
When coming out of Egypt, as well as during harvests, Jews lived in sukkot (booths or tabernacles). By leaving their sturdy homes, eating and sleeping in the sukkah, the Jewish people demonstrated trust that God would continue to take care of them throughout their trials and tribulations. It is through this dependence on God that the people realized that God protects them – a realization that brings comfort and joy.
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Descendants of Aaron the High Priest recreate the ritual of ‘the first fruits’ as it was performed in the Temple.
Echoing Glory of Temple Times, Sukkot 2017 in Jerusalem Sees Ancient Rituals Revived, Nations Returning [VIDEO]
People of all faiths came from all over the world to celebrate alongside the Jews and rituals from the ancient Temple were revived.